UP’s Covid-19 vaccination drive is showing remarkable progress. In a significant achievement by the state,Uttar Pradesh on Thursday completed administering at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to half its eligible adult population, as it crossed 9.05 crore cumulative vaccinations across the state.
As per official estimates based on census and electoral data, around 15 crore people in UP are to be vaccinated. Of these, 7.50 crore have received at least one dose which is about 50 percent against the target.
While over 1.54 crore people are fully vaccinated in the State. Despite being the most populous state, Uttar Pradesh is racing past other Indian states in attempting to mitigate the anticipated third wave of Covid-19 infections through vaccination.
Soaring high on vaccination,on Wednesday, the state has achieved the target of vaccinating 9 crore people since the launch of the nationwide vaccination drive in January, which is a record.
In line with the Chief Minister’s order, the health department is conducting vaccination at war footing. Time-to-time mega vaccination campaigns are being held in the state.
50 per cent single dose coverage of the adult population has significant public health implications: it means a significant percentage of the population has a certain level of protection against the infection. The government has asked the health department to focus on enhancing second dose coverage.